Legal changes

Impact of Brexit on EU Trade Marks

Brexit could cause a majority change in the EU Trade Mark system.  Brand owners who chose to rely solely on the protection provided by EU Trade Marks and have not registered trade marks under the UK’s national regime could be… Continue Reading →

Changes to the Patent Attorney Profession

Intellectual property (IP) is big business on a global scale as the latest data from the Thomson Reuters 2016 State of Innovation Report proves with a 13.7% growth in innovation across 11 technology sectors in 2015.  The technology market in… Continue Reading →

Upcoming Changes to UK Patents Rules

The UK Patent Office has published a number of changes to UK Patents Rules. Changes coming into force from 1 October 2016: 1) Notification of Grant The patent office will give applicants advanced notice of grant of their patent application… Continue Reading →

Cambodia Joins the Patent Corporation Treaty

Cambodia joined the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) on 8 September 2016 taking the number of contracting states to 151.  The PCT will enter into force in Cambodia on 8 December 2016.  This development will help the Camdoia’s inventors seek patent… Continue Reading →

European Commission Announces New EU Copyright Rules

The European Commission recently announced new EU copyright rules which should make it easier for musicians, TV makers and publishers to make money out of their work online. The new rules require video sites such as YouTube to use technological… Continue Reading →

New Streamlined EPO Oppositions Procedures

The European Patent Office (EPO) opposition procedure allows people to challenge the validity of an EU patent within 9 months of its grant date.  Oppositions are a way to revoke people’s patents.  Oppositions have historically taken up to 3 years… Continue Reading →

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Position Paper on Brexit and IP

A recent position paper entitled ‘The impact of Brexit on intellectual property’ by The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) reveals the institute has a strong preference for the UK to participate in the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent… Continue Reading →

How Brexit is Expected to Affect an Organisation’s Protection of Their Intellectual Property

The European Union (EU) referendum result for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the EU (commonly known as Brexit) will have implications for British SMEs although it has been noted that there will be no immediate impact for the next two… Continue Reading →

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